This Aunt Jemima pancake recipe makes breakfast a breeze. These fluffy pancakes can be made in about 10 minutes with just a few simple ingredients.
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Drizzle with syrup or top with fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast that your friends and family will enjoy. In our house, pancakes are a weekend staple.
We enjoy making them from scratch, but it’s sometimes easier to use a mix, such as Aunt Jemima, because the dry ingredients are already measured out. This cuts down on preparation time and makes cleanup a little easier.
- Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix – This can be found in the grocery store’s breakfast aisle.
- Egg – Aids in the fluffiness of the pancakes.
- Use milk or buttermilk instead of water.
- Vegetable oil is called for in this recipe. For a richer-tasting pancake, use melted butter instead.
- Vanilla extract – A hint of sweetness and flavor is added with this. Almond extract could also be used.
- Sugar is used to add a touch of sweetness. This can be omitted.
HOW TO MAKE AUNT JEMIMA PANCAKES?
The original recipe on the back of the box does not call for vanilla extract or sugar. You can omit these ingredients, but I think they elevate the pancakes.
- Sift the pancake mix into a mixing bowl. Sifting aids in the lightness of the pancakes. Pour in the sugar.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and milk.
- Stir the ingredients together with a whisk until just combined. Take care not to over-mix.
- Preheat a griddle or a pan over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or smear with melted butter.
- 1/4 cup batter should be poured onto a hot griddle or pan. When bubbles appear, flip the pancake with a spatula. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown.
HOW TO FLIP THE PERFECT PANCAKE
If you’re new to making pancakes, here’s how to know when to flip them!
- Keep an eye on the bubbles and the edges. The edges should be set and appear slightly drier than the interior. There should also be a lot of bubbles, some of which should be popping.
- Also, after flipping, resist the urge to squish your pancake with your spatula. This flattens your pancakes. You need air in there to make fluffy pancakes! When they’re finished, quickly rotate your wrist 180 degrees to one side.
- There’s no need to use your entire arm. A quick flick of the wrist will suffice. Then, just keep an eye on the other side, and when it turns golden brown, you’re done.
BEST PANCAKE TOPPINGS
The classic way to serve pancakes is with syrup and butter, but there are many toppings you can add to make your breakfast more interesting. Here are a few suggestions:
- Chocolate chips can be mixed into the batter or sprinkled on top.
- Chopped nuts – Pecans, walnuts, peanuts, and macadamia nuts are all good options.
- Fruit – Add chopped bananas, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and other fruits.
- Whipped cream and colorful sprinkles – For a festive occasion, top with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.
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HOW TO STORE AND FREEZE PANCAKES?
Any leftovers should be refrigerated in a sealable bag or an airtight container. Allow pancakes to cool completely before freezing.
Stack them with parchment or wax paper between them. Put the bag or container in the freezer. They will last for three months. Place them in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Microwave for 30 seconds to reheat.
CAN YOU FREEZE PANCAKES?
If you or your family is prone to rushing around in the morning, frozen pancakes can be a great solution. Cook your pancakes and then freeze them!
You can either stack the pancakes with parchment paper and freeze them as a stack, or you can flash freeze them on a baking sheet. In either case, place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
To reheat, take them out of the freezer the night before to thaw, or simply microwave for a few seconds.
It should take about 20 seconds for one pancake, plus 5-10 seconds for each additional pancake being thawed/reheated.
TIPS FOR THE BEST PANCAKES
How to make the best light and fluffy pancakes.
- Sifting the dry ingredients is optional, but it helps reduce lumps and aerates the batter for light pancakes.
- The batter should not be over-mixed. Overmixing can result in tough, chewy pancakes. It should take about 10-12 stirs to combine all of the ingredients. It’s fine if there are a few lumps in the batter.
- I’ve discovered that using a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop batter onto the griddle helps to produce uniform pancakes.
- When cooking the pancakes, do not use a spatula to press them down. This will result in them being too flat.
- If your pancake mix has been sitting on the shelf for a few weeks, mix in a teaspoon of baking soda for fluffy pancakes.
- For a tasty twist, try adding spices. Apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon can all be used to add a lot of flavor.
- For delicious pancakes, add canned pumpkin, applesauce, or mashed banana to the batter.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you make Aunt Jemima pancakes complete?
Stir together 2 cups Aunt Jemima mix, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/3 cup oil until large lumps are gone. Allow the batter to rest for 4-5 minutes before baking for the best results. Pour desired amount of batter into waffle iron that has been lightly greased. Bake until the steam stops.
Can I use milk instead of water for Aunt Jemima pancakes?
Aunt Jemima removes the guesswork from making the perfect pancakes. Milk not only adds flavor, but it also contains fat, which is required for tender, moist pancakes. Plain water will not produce the same results. For a thicker texture, milk can be substituted for water in the “complete” mixes.
How can I make instant pancake mix better?
Add a dash of baking soda, lemon juice, vanilla, and sugar to boxed pancake mix to make it more flavorful. Add a small amount of maple syrup to the pancake batter to give it a maple flavor. Sprinkle some vanilla and cinnamon into the batter for a sweet-and-spicy touch.
Can I add an egg to just add water pancake mix?
Some boxed pancake mixes already call for the addition of a couple eggs, but if yours does not, you should! Adding eggs to your pancake mix will improve the texture and flavor of the batter, making it more reminiscent of homemade pancakes.